Delaware Breweries Guide
There’s nothing quite like a locally sourced beer. With craft beer becoming more and more popular over the last few decades, breweries and their unique take on the traditional beverage are now attractions in and of themselves.
We’re fortunate to have a thriving brewery scene here in Delaware, especially close to where we are in Lewes, so we thought now would be a great time to create a Delaware breweries guide to help you navigate the best of what this part of the state has to offer.
Planning to shape your vacation around the breweries here in Delaware? Then why not stay with us at The Beacon Inn? We’re ideally placed in the historic town of Lewes, with comfortable rooms that feature private balconies. Make your reservation online today and start planning your time away.
What beers are brewed in Delaware?
Here in Delaware, we aren’t known for one particular kind of beer — you can get a wide variety of beers from stouts to something lighter and hoppier.
Fun fact: Strangely, Delaware made milk the official state beverage back in 1983 — the same as several other states, presumably because of the boost in marketing that the dairy industry gained in the 80s.
Our state flag references the strong agricultural background in the state, which means you can definitely expect to taste some crisp and refreshing local beer when you visit. Whether it’s the iconic and on-trend IPAs you’re after or you’re looking for the next big flavor, you’re sure to find it here.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular breweries and what they have to offer.
Breweries in Delaware
Big Oyster Brewery is big news locally, with their iconic red barn established on Kings Highway right here in Lewes. You can stop by for food and drink, and even pick up a four-pack to go. You can also take a guided tour and find out more about their history.
According to Buzzfeed’s polling back in 2018, the unofficial state beverage for Delaware is actually a Dogfish Head beer. They serve food and drink at their establishment in Rehoboth Beach, but you can take a tour of their brewery out in Milton to get a more detailed insight into the art that goes into brewing the perfect beer.
Another brewery right on our doorstep, it features a seven-barrel system and was the brainchild of Rich Garrahan, who was looking to step away from his regular day job. Each year they hold the 302 Beer Drinkers Choice Awards for all local Delaware breweries.
Dewey Beer Company
Just south of Rehoboth Beach, in Dewey Beach, you’ll find the Dewey Beer Company’s gastropub and brewery, where food and fantastic local beer can be enjoyed just moments away from the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. They have a second location in Harbeson, but this is their true home.
Revelation Craft Brewing Company
With locations in Georgetown and Milton, you can also experience the latest high-quality brews from Revelation at their flagship site in Rehoboth Beach. As well as their beer, you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy regular live music and games.
Thompson Island Brewing Company
Featuring their housemade beers as well as beers from other breweries, you can find your perfect craft beer here. Located just off the Coastal Highway outside Rehoboth Beach, Thompson Island claims to give you the authentic coastal brewery taste.
Iron Hill Brewery
Another along the Coastal Highway outside Rehoboth Beach, this brewery has numerous locations but was founded in Newark, DE in 1996. With its own scratch kitchen and craft brewery, you can sit down for a meal and see the beers being brewed right there in the building.
There are some fantastic local and independent beers being made right here in Delaware, some of them just down the road from us in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. So if you’re fanatical about locally brewed beer, reserve your room here at The Beacon Inn today and we’ll make sure you have a fresh and comfortable room for your visit!
Contact us for more details or to get rates and reserve your room over the phone — we’re always happy to help you make the most of your stay.